MALIBU—The city of Malibu appointed Jesse Bobbett as Director of the Malibu Parks and Recreation Department on Monday, Nov. 21. Bobbett has over 14 years of experience in the municipal parks and recreation management field.

Bobbett is from Kansas and graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports and Fitness Management. He gained experience working in beach communities and has served on the California Parks and Recreation Society District 9 Board since 2014. Bobbet has worked for the city of El Segundo for the past eight years. As Recreation Superintendent, he oversaw Adult and Youth Sports, Older Adults, Cultural Arts, Transportation, Teen, and Aquatic divisions.

“I am very happy to welcome Jesse to the City of Malibu and look forward to seeing his innovative ideas, energy, and leadership,” said Mayor Lou La Monte. “We are very proud of Malibu’s outstanding Parks and Recreation program and activities, which have always benefited from a strong, positive relationship with the community. With Jesse on board, we can look forward to continuing that tradition of excellence.”

While working for the city of El Segundo, Bobbett was instrumental in key projects, including the implementation of new and updated facility fees through the City’s Fee Analysis Task Force and as the city Liaison for the Los Angeles County Comprehensive Parks Needs Assessment. He developed policies and procedures for facilities to increase reservation revenue and secured over $75,000 in sponsorship donations for department special events and programs.

“He has a strong track record of positive community engagement. He prides himself on developing lasting working relationships with the public, fellow city employees and partner agencies while bringing strong leadership and a positive attitude to his work,” states a press release from the city of Malibu.

Bobbett fills the vacant seat of former Director of the Malibu Parks and Recreation Department, Bob Stallings, who recently passed away.